Welcome to St Petersburg


City of the Tsars

The creation of westward-looking Peter the Great, St Petersburg was intended from its inception as a display of imperial Russia’s growing status in the world. Fine-tuned by Peter’s successors, who employed a host of European architects to add fabulous palaces and cathedrals to the city’s layout, St Petersburg grew to be the Romanovs’ showcase capital and Russia’s first great, modern city. The capital may have moved back to Moscow following the revolution, but despite all that history has thrown at it, St Petersburg still feels every bit the imperial city with its historic heart largely frozen in time.

Venice of the North

Whether you’re cruising along the elegant canals, crossing one of the 342 bridges in the city, or just watching them being raised in summer over the mighty Neva River at night to allow ships to pass through, you’re never far from water in St Petersburg. This has earned the city unsurprising comparisons to Venice, but the similarities don’t stop there: walking around the historic centre will reveal canals lined by Italianate mansions and broken up by striking plazas adorned with baroque and neoclassical palaces. North of the city centre there are also pristine beaches fringing the Gulf of Finland.

Artistic Powerhouse

St Petersburg is an almost unrivalled treasure trove of art and culture. You can spend days in the Hermitage, seeing everything from Egyptian mummies to Picassos, while the Russian Museum, spread over four sumptuous palaces, is perhaps the best collection of Russian art in the world. Add to this world-class ballet, opera and classical concerts at the illustrious performance halls, and a slew of big-name music festivals over the summer months, and you won’t be stuck for cultural nourishment. Contemporary art is also available at the fantastic Erarta Museum, the Street Art Museum and in the buzzing gallery scene.

All Seasons City

Summer White Nights are legendary: the northern sun barely dips below the horizon. Revelry begins in May, with parks and gardens greening with flowering trees, and peaks in mid-June when performing arts festivals pack out concert halls and the entire city seems to party all night long. It's the busiest time to visit and the crowds can often be overwhelming. But Piter, as the city is affectionately known, is just as beautiful in early spring, golden autumn and even winter: the skies may be leaden and the ground covered in snow, but the culture still dazzles and delights.


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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion 2-Day City Group Tour with Visa

Day 1: 8:30 am Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship's arrival time). City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. A visit to a subway station and a farmers market 10:00-11:00 am Driving to Peterhof 11:00-12:30 am Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (optional) 1:30-2:30 pm Driving to Pushkin city  2:30-4:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room 4:00-5:00 pm Driving to the city.  5:00 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program (theatre/folk show/boat trip) Day 2: 7:30 am Meeting by the ship. Continuation of the city tour 8:30-9.30 am Boat ride along rivers and canals 10:00-12:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage museum (early admission, before the official opening hours) 12:15-12:45 am Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood  1:00-2:00 pm Lunch (optional) 2:15-3:15 pm Stroll along Nevsky prospect. You will find yourself in the heart of St. Petersburg, feel the vibe of the city, pass by iconic buildings, including the oldest shopping mall – Gostiny Dvor. You will also get a unique chance to learn more about Russian local life and walking along the busiest thoroughfare of the great city. If time permits, there will be a shopping stop 3:30-4.00 pm Inside guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral 4:30 pm Return to the ship Please note: The timing and sequence of the museum visits are given approximate and depend on the days of the week The sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums' days-off In order to minimize the flow of tourists inside the museum, the Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slot

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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion with Boat Ride

Note: Below is a SAMPLE itinerary. The actual tour sequence will vary depending on overcrowding at venues, museums’ closing days, and traffic conditions.Day 108:30am-09:00am Meet and greet at the port09:00am-11:00am City sightseeing tour. A visit to the Metro station / ride on the subway (optional, if time permits)10:00am-10:45am A visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors11:00am-11:45am Drive to Peterhof Fountain Park11:45am-01:00pm Walk in the Peterhof Fountain park and Gardens01:15pm-02:15pm Lunch at a local café02:15pm-03:15pm Drive to the Tsars’ Village (summer residence)03:15pm-05:00pm visit to the Catherine's palace with the Amber room and a walk in the park***05:00pm-06:00pm Drive back to St. Petersburg06:00pm Return to the ship Day 208.00 am Meet at the ship08.30-09.30 am Sightseeing tour by boat along canals and Neva river10.00-12.00 pm Visit and guided tour to the Hermitage Museum (Pre-booked entry time*)12.00-01.00 pm Lunch at a local café01.00-01.30 pm Excursion in the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood02.00-03.30 pm A visit to the Yusupov Palace, site of Rasputin's murder03.45-04.30 pm A visit to St.Isaac's cathedral 05.00 pm Return to the ship *Please note: Entry times will vary as pre-booked time slots are scheduled to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the Hermitage museum.***Substitution on certain dates–Due to the 2018 World Cup and a record cruise season, on certain dates there may be extensive waiting times, overcrowding or limited availability to Catherine's Palace. The substitute visit will be the Faberge Museum or Pavlovsk Grand Palace and is intended to provide a more comfortable and enjoyable visit to St. Petersburg.

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

A pleasant walk through the park will let you feel like you're an important guest in the Residence of an Empress.The town of Pushkin, which was called Tsarskoye Selo until 1917, is 24 km (14.9 miles) south of St Petersburg. It was the residence of the Tsars from the beginning of 18th century onwards (from the mid-18th to the early 19th century palace and park complex were built, including the Catherine and Alexander Parks). The Catherine's Palace is one of the best examples of Russian baroque. It’s also famous for housing the world famous Amber room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World". After several other 18th-century renovations, it is covered with more than 55 square meters and contained over six tonnes of amber. Then stroll along the alleys of the Catherine Park, a wonderful work of the Russian art of gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines the masterpieces of architecture with the beauty of the transforming nature of the north.You have the opportunity to include with your tour a visit to the magnificent Pavlovsk Palace, which was the summer residence of the great Paul I, which is only a 5 miles drive from Pushkin. The interiors have influences of many cultures, as there were several architects throughout the years. Inside the palace you'll see the Egyptian Vestibule, the Italian Hall, a Greek Hall with French furnishings and Paul's War Hall.After visiting the Pavlovsk, you can relax in the beautiful palace gardens, where where Johann Strauss once performed with his orchestra. Have a seat in one of the many pavilions -- the Temple of Friendship, the Colonnade of Apollo, the Pavilion of the Three Graces, the Dairy Farm or the Rose Pavilion.

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St. Petersburg 2-Day Shore Tour: Hermitage, Catherine Palace

Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg remains one of the world’s most beautiful cities. This comprehensive, 2-day shore tour makes it easy to discover its many charms, from palaces and parks to canal trips and cultural evenings out. Lasting for roughly 17 hours across two days (or 20 hours, should you sign on for an optional, 3-hour evening extension), this tour is the perfect introduction to the city. On the first day, disembark from your ship after arriving in the city, and head straight out on a city orientation tour of the city center. You’ll have interior visits to landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace, punctuated with a stop for lunch. You'll also take an hour-long cruise on the River Neva. At 5:30pm, choose to return to your ship or use your 3-hour extension to see the city after dark. Explore or dine out independently, or sign on for optional evening activities (available for an extra fee), including a visit to the Faberge Museum, a pub crawl, a visit to the ballet, or a guided walking tour. On the second day, meet your guide at 8am at your port and venture just beyond the city limits to Pushkin, where the Catherine Palace — one of the world’s great palaces — is located. Spend the morning exploring the palace and its grounds before breaking for lunch, after which you’ll visit Peterhof, a seafront palace complex that’s famous for its sprawling gardens and many fountains. Wind down the tour and return to St. Petersburg, where you’ll go for a ride on the metro, famous for its baroque decoration. The tour concludes when you’re returned to your ship one hour before departure.Please see the Itinerary for details on each day of the tour.

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St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket and Tour

Meet your art-loving guide in Palace Square and walk to the nearby Hermitage Museum. As you stroll, hear how the legendary building was founded in 1794, when Catherine the Great used it to house her small, private art collection, and then became a public museum in 1852. Since then, the Hermitage has grown into one of the world’s greatest art museums with a vast collection of more than three million items spanning Western European, Oriental, Classical, Egyptian and prehistoric treasures.The museum draws the crowds, and entrance lines can be long. If you’re visiting between May and September, enjoy early access to the museum, heading inside with your guide before the doors open to the general public. At other times, your skip-the-line ticket gives you fast-track access: simply walk past the main entrance line with your guide and start your tour.Once inside, absorb the museum’s grandeur as your guide explains how it’s laid out over five different buildings, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russia’s Romanov Tsars.Explore the opulent state rooms and chambers of the Winter Palace with your guide for a window into the Tsars’ extraordinary extravagance.After your 3-hour tour finishes, say goodbye to your guide in the museum and either stay longer to view more of main collections on your own — your ticket is valid for the whole day — or leave the Hermitage there and then.Please note: Early access to the Hermitage Museum between May and September is subject to approval by the museum.

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Grand Tour of St Petersburg

You have the option to combine the Grand Tour St Petersburg with the following tours: Grand Tour St Petersburg + Peter and Paul's FortressThe Peter and Paul Fortress - the oldest and most historical construction in Saint Petersburg and put up for fortification purposes but never been attacked. It had for almost two centuries served as a burial place for Russian emperors. The last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were buried in the cathedral's small St Catherine chapel in 1998. Grand Tour St Petersburg and St Isaac's CathedralSt Petersburg Highlights Tour visiting magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral, formerly the Russia's principal cathedral. Grand Tour St Petersburg and Hermitage MuseumHermitage - the second largest art museum in the world and the main tourist attraction of St Petersburg. See all the great masterpieces of the world's art in several hours with a comment of a knowledgeable expert-guide. Grand Tour St Petersburg, Peter and Paul's Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral,Savior-on-blood Church , Lunch and Hermitage MuseumComprehensive all-day tour of St Petersburg sites, including Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, spectacular St Isaac's Cathedral, an elegant lunch and a 2-hour guided excursion to the famous Hermitage Museum.